HOBI President, Craig Boswell, speaking at 2016 IAITAM Spring ACE

HOBI President Craig Boswell will speak at IAITAM’s 2016 Spring ACE conference May 11-13 in New Orleans at the French Quarter Marriott. Boswell is contributing to the mobile session of this year’s conference on Tuesday, May 12,  from 11:15 a.m to 12:15 p.m. With more than 2.5 billion mobile devices shipped in 2015 alone, more…

Consumers are holding onto mobile devices for longer than ever

American citizens are now using mobile devices for longer period times than ever, the Wall Street Journal reports. The increasing amount of time between consumer phone upgrades is attributed to carriers’ abandonment of the traditional subsidized model and consumers seeing less benefit in upgrading devices frequently. The overall phone-replacement cycle is estimated to reach 29…

Mobile device reverse logistics processors and consumers benefit from Apple encryption

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, recently commented on the balance of industry and consumer benefits of the government’s decision to abandon their case against Apple, and he highlights the challenges facing the reverse logistics industry. In the process of reviewing this difficult subject, parties on both sides have acknowledged the…

Study indicates cat owners at high risk of mobile malware distribution

A study conducted by the Feline Data Security Coalition (FDSC) indicates cat owners are more susceptible to malware distribution by more than 40 percent. The FDSC analyzed survey responses from 300 IT professionals and cat owners across the country. Of the participants, 62 percent reported experiencing increased anxiety regarding personal data after adopting a cat.…

Global mobile application security market expecting substantial growth

MarketsandMarkets predicts the global mobile application security market will grow significantly within the next five years. The firm forecasts the market to reach $2.5 billion by 2020, beginning from $808.9 million in 2015, with a CAGR of 25.7 percent. The substantial amount of growth can be attributed to the increase in demand for cloud-based application…

Smartphone sale growth dwindling, lowest since 2008

Gartner reports that Q4 2015 smartphone sales were the slowest since 2008. Overall Q4 shipments reached just above 400 million, and overall 2015 smartphone sales reached 1.4 billion. Apple’s overall sales declined 4.4 percent during Q4 2014 to Q4 2015, but Samsung saw growth of 4.6 percent during the year. Samsung finished 2015 with 3.2…

2016 cyber security report card ranks enterprise IT and mobile vulnerabilities

Tenable Network Security released its annual cyber security assurance report card last week. This report uses the responses of more than 500 IT professionals in organizations of more than 1,000 employees. Tenable averages responses of the professionals and then “grades” according to cybersecurity issue, industry and country. Overall, the United States received a B-, with…